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An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems Paperback – 22 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (22 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130611980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130611987
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 979,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

This authoritative and widely adopted book is an up-to-date introduction to the world of Geographical Information Systems. It is an approachable and readable text for students at all levels, from undergraduates to professionals retraining in GIS.
The book focuses on the practical applications of GIS, and considers how the technology works. Each chapter addresses a specific theme and is backed up with examples, case studies, revision questions, directed reading and additional resources on a companion website. The book can be used to give the reader a quick tour through the world of GIS, to help the reader develop a thorough understanding of GIS or as a source of reference information.
The second edition includes important updates and offers expanded explanations of key concepts and issues. Up-to-date issues and recent developments including new data sources, census data, georeferencing, mobile and Internet GIS, and participatory GIS are all covered in more detail. The website has also been substantially updated.
extensive use of case studies to illustrate key concepts and issues
boxes containing further information provide in-depth coverage of specific topics and case studies
revision questions at the end of each chapter test understanding of key concepts and issues
recommended reading and suggestions for further study with each chapter
glossary, index and suggestions for further study to help the reader to find all the information needed to get to grips with the subject "The text is highly readable, with concepts and processes exposed through three primary case studies. But perhaps more appealing is the bold inclusion of self-contained expositions that highlight key concepts and applications". Ken Denike, University of British Columbia
"… illustrated with clear and well-labelled illustrations - essential to an introductory text" Martin Charlton, University of Newcastle
"Topics are covered with enough depth so that the book will also be beneficial to longer-term users. The writing style, graphics and case studies are presented in a simple and easy to read format. The book could be used as a text for a course or read by anyone interested in learning the fundamentals behind GIS technology. Ann Johnson, ESRI Inc
The authors
Ian Heywood, previously Director of Open and Distance Learning for Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and a Senior Lecturer in GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University, is currently Director of Learning for UK BusinessLab Ltd.
Sarah Cornelius is a trainer, consultant and author in the fields of GIS and eLearning and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.
Steve Carver is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the MA in GIS and MSc in GIS.

About the Author

Ian Heywood, previously Director of Director of Growing Business and Skills for Scottish Enterprise Grampian, Director of Open and Distance Learning for RobertGordonUniversity, Aberdeen, and a Senior Lecturer in GIS at ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity, is now a freelance consultant and Director of the Ideas Academy Ltd.

Sarah Cornelius is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, specializing in adult and online learning. She was previously an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and has taught GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Free University of Amsterdam.

Steve Carver is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the MA in GIS and MSc in GIS.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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A well written text that is highly accessible to both the reader who has no previous knowledge in GIS, and the reader who wishes to consolidate and extend their knowledge. Littered with extensive examples on the key concepts and applications of GIS, each chapter is clearly written and provides an intelligent synopsis on the area in question. Illustrations, graphics and the glossary supplement the text, aiding in understanding for the unknowledgable reader; whilst references and suggestions for further study at the end of each chapter provide the more informed reader with opportunities to increase the depth of their knowledge in specific areas. An essential book for anyone who wishes to learn, or further their knowledge on GIS.
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This book introduces the basic principles of GIS from the perspective of a new user. Topics are covered with enough depth so that the book will also be beneficial to longer-term users. The writing style, graphics and case studies are presented in a simple and easy to read format. The book could be used as a text for a course or read by anyone interested in learning the fundamentals behind GIS technology. There is also a web site for the book that will allow readers access to current trends in GIS and URLs for case studies.
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I bought this to supplement my final year Geography degree. It was a core text in the GIS course and for good reason. It described processes and also, examples and case studies of how they're applied!

In short - a superb, well written entry level text.
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If you're a GIS student/user looking for an easy reference book about GIS theory, you'll need only this one and nothing else. I reccomend it to my students in GIS courses, because it's easy and enjoyable to read from cover to cover as well. It is astonishing how more advanced GIS tasks are presented briefly but exhaustively.
The book is perfect also for self-taught GIS users, that after using GIS for a while need to strenghten their theory background and order the lessons learnt through practice.
Good graphs and tables, straight and clear organization of arguments and examples, useful questions and reflection inputs at the end of each chapter, good suggestions and web links for further study.
Highly recommended.
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My expectations on buying this book was to receive a good overview of GIS and and what to expect as a creator / user. To be fair each area is identified but the descriptions lacked depth and are a little verbose with a lot of space is taken with examples. If you are after a book that starts to engage you with the detail of designing or seriously using GIS this may not be the one for you. If you want an overview with examples of applications, and to be made aware of the key words & jargon, I think this will meet your requirements.
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Even for me - a drone developer - this book has a lot to offer. I initially chose it to provide me with a background knowledge for one of the purposes of our product. Having "flicked" through it I became fascinated and it became a bedside companion for a week or two. A fascinating subject for a layman; for the student, or tyro, it might be essential...
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A well written text that is highly accessible to both the reader who has no previous knowledge in GIS, and the reader who wishes to consolidate and extend their knowledge. Littered with extensive examples on the key concepts and applications of GIS, each chapter is clearly written and provides an intelligent synopsis on the area in question. Illustrations, graphics and the glossary supplement the text, aiding in understanding for the unknowledgable reader; whilst references and suggestions for further study at the end of each chapter provide the more informed reader with opportunities to increase the depth of their knowledge in specific areas. An essential book for anyone who wishes to learn, or further their knowledge on GIS.
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This is an excellent book. It explains GIS step by step clearly. And I love the further studies section. It has section of review questions which help me to review what i learned, and it also provides very useful web links where i can get more information (case study material, GIS software and so on)! I think this book is good for both beginners and those who have already some knowledge about GIS.
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